Theft report yields drug arrest near high school

A man and his wife are charged with marijuana possession at their apartment.

Published December 19, 2006

CRYSTAL RIVER - For the second time this year, police have made a drug arrest at an apartment complex near Crystal River High School.

On Saturday, while investigating a theft report at 984 NE Eighth Ave., a Crystal River police officer made contact with a resident who opened the door, allowing the officer to smell the odor of smoked marijuana, according to a news release issued by Chief Steven Burch.

The officer was allowed entry by a 17-year-old girl, who told the officer she was married to Sean Delmain, 21. Delmain refused to let the officer search for marijuana, according to the release.

The officer then ordered the Delmains to leave the apartment while he got a search warrant, according to police.

Once outside, Sean Delmain started running, according to police. A police dog from the Sheriff's Office was called in to search a patch of woods, and Delmain was found and arrested, according to police.

He is charged with possession of marijuana, in excess of 20 grams, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school, violation of probation, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police found 55 grams, or almost 2 ounces, of marijuana plus scales to weigh the drug, pipes and rolling papers, according to the report.

He is being held without bail. Delmain's wife faces juvenile marijuana possession charges.

On Aug. 4, police made two arrests and said crack was being sold at a different unit in the same complex.

Burch said he didn't think the apartment complex was a major drug supplier to the high school, which is across the street. Two messages to Crystal River High principal Patrick Simon were not returned.

And what about the original report of a theft? "It turned out to be nothing that led us to something bigger," Burch said.

In other arrests:

- Joseph Aloysius Singh, 26 830 Great Pond Blvd., Inverness, was arrested on a warrant issued by the Secret Service and accused of counterfeiting.

Singh was pulled over on a traffic infraction Sunday, and the warrant turned up during a records check. He is being held without bail pending extradition.

- Linda Weaver Woods, 50 2956 Possum Court, Inverness, was arrested Monday on charges of lying to emergency room doctors in an attempt to get painkillers.

Woods went to the Citrus Memorial Health Systems emergency room Sunday night complaining of back pain, according to the arrest report.

She told the medical staff that she was not under a doctor's care and was not receiving any pain medication, the report stated. The hospital staff called a Walgreens pharmacy and was told that Woods was issued 90 hydrocodone and 90 alprazolam pills on Dec. 8, the report stated.

After being questioned by a deputy, Woods said she wanted a stronger pain pill and admitted that she was not being truthful with the doctor, the report stated. She was charged with one count of withholding information for the purpose of obtaining a prescription. She was released after posting bail.

Contact Jorge Sanchez at sanchez@sptimes.com or 860-7313 in Citrus or 1-800-333-7505, ext. 7313 toll-free.